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And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

Nehemiah 8:10

This scripture takes us to a time when Israel was brought back into the land out of exile. All of the tribes of Israel returned, but it was a time of rebuilding. The prophet Nehemiah received a word of the Lord for the people to turn their sadness and morning into joy. It was the joy of what the Lord had done that would be their strength.

For many years they had not been able to see what God was doing through the exiles into foreign lands, because of their disobedience. Now, God was calling them out of darkness and not just restoring their land, but also restoring the relationship between them and God.

What does this mean for you?

Things may not look so good in your situation, but you have to understand that God is still in control. We will all face disappointments, setbacks, and losses, but you have to understand that God is a restorer.

If you wait on the Lord and pay attention to what we consider to be the little blessings, then you can have the joy of the Lord. Don’t wait until things seem to be getting better, to have joy. Don’t waste your life sulking and groaning through trials. Instead, allow God to grow you through them.

What is Joy?

Joy is not about being happy about your situation. You have joy because of what God has done for you in the past and that energized your faith to believe in what God will do for you now.

The psalmist David tells us in Psalm 30:5, “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” This means that troubles won’t last forever and there is a bright side to life.

The important thing is to keep a strong prayer life because the devil preys on those who don’t pray. Let God’s word be a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. The joy of the Lord is your strength, so celebrate what God has done and encourage others while you wait for what He’s getting ready to do for you.

Salvation Plan

Today, if you have not received Salvation or you would like to rededicate your life back to Christ, say this prayer:

God, I know that I am a sinner. Right now, Lord, I turn from my sins, and I ask you to forgive me. Jesus, I believe that you died on the cross and rose from the grave, for me. I open my heart and life for You to come in, and I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Thank You, God for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read the Book of John in the Bible. Find out who Christ is, and how He loves you, yes you!

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